Two days ago I looked out on the back porch and there were lots of these caterpillars. Then the more I looked the more I saw; they were on the trees, blueberry bushes, peach trees and the list could go on and on. So I had some Sevin dust (the pet friendly kind) and I started dusting like a mad woman. And this has been my mission, to kill them. I laid down a perimeter around our house, flower garden, blue berry patch, peach trees, and garden. These little buggers like warmth and can be found on the concrete, and sunny sides of almost everything! YIKES!! In the top picture you can also see some holes I found in an oak tree, they go all the way around the tree and are at every 4-5 ft. all the way up the tree. What's up with that?
I took two of them to the county extension agents office yesterday and they're gonna get back to me. I'm pretty riled about these varmints and in the words of Bugs Bunny "you realize this means war." Go ahead and snicker, I know I sound like Bill Murray in Caddy Shack(actually he had some ideas I'd consider).
The good news is as I sit in my chair each morning after my JP goes to work I've had a treat. This little bird couple has been building a nest in my fern on the front porch and I watch them come and go. I can't tell what kind of bird they are because at that time of day the morning sun is coming in that window so all I see is their silhouette.
All three bluebird houses are full, which is so cool. Also, the hummingbirds started coming by to feed early this month (I'll try to get a picture of them soon.)
So that's the good and bad news from the holler. All in all we are truly blessed.